What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It

Why does the UFT leadership negotiate contracts that don’t respond to our or our students’ needs? The explanation most often given by the opposition in the UFT has been: the UFT leadership is out of touch, they’ve been out of the classroom too long, so they make the wrong demands, and are willing to acceptContinue reading “What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It”

NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights

The new UFT-DOE contract makes no change in the 50-year wait for lower class sizes, a fair grievance procedure, and a rational job security process, among other issues. Newer teachers will still have to endure 4 or more years of harassment and hundreds of pages of tenure application paperwork, the DOE and administrators will stillContinue reading “NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights”

What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?

Throughout the entire rushed process of ratifying this contract deal, the UFT leadership has insisted that there are no givebacks and that the process is transparent and open. However, the contract MOA clearly states that the raises are contingent on the union’s acceptance of an agreement between the city and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC),Continue reading “What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?”

Class Size Limits, Militancy, and the 2019 UFT Contract

The best way to get laughed out of the UFT Delegate Assembly is to ask about lowering class size limits. “The City will never buy it”, “it’s that or your raises, nobody is willing to give anything up to achieve that” etc… I certainly know teachers who would be willing to make some trades forContinue reading “Class Size Limits, Militancy, and the 2019 UFT Contract”

A Contract for Collaboration with the DOE

The general thrust of this tentative agreement (TA)  is to move from enforcing members’ rights and toward greater collaboration with management. Part of this is the large number of joint UFT – DOE committees it sets up. Two of these joint UFT – DOE committees are being set up to formulate “standards,” which are veryContinue reading “A Contract for Collaboration with the DOE”

What Happens if We Vote it Down?

“What happens if we vote it down?” “What will happen if we don’t approve the contract?” People ask and want to know the answer.  Whatever happens, experience says it won’t be the “doom and gloom” scenario that UFT leaders threaten it will be. In fall, 1995, UFT leaders unveiled a tentative agreement with no raisesContinue reading “What Happens if We Vote it Down?”

Why I’m Voting No- from a Young, Untenured Teacher

Each of the proposed contract changes sells out new teachers. First, and most obviously, the new two-tired healthcare system.  Obviously, any two-tired system flies in the face of solidarity.  It began with the pension, is now leaking into healthcare, what’s next?  Differing salary schedules based on start date? It’s deplorable that we could do theContinue reading “Why I’m Voting No- from a Young, Untenured Teacher”

Vote “NO” on the UFT Contract!

On Oct. 12th  after school, all UFT delegates & chapter leaders were summoned to an emergency delegate assembly to vote on whether or not to endorse the contract they negotiated for us (click here to learn more about how a UFT contract is negotiated and voted on). As we have for every contract in theContinue reading “Vote “NO” on the UFT Contract!”

MORE says vote “NO” on the new contract

Print and distribute copies of our contract response flyer for your workplace! Summaries of our 3 main concerns and our 6 contract priorities are below. MORE-UFT will be holding a Contract Conference on Saturday 10/27. Details for that are below too.   MORE-UFT SAYS VOTE NO! Let’s start organizing for the schools NYC deserves! HereContinue reading “MORE says vote “NO” on the new contract”

Eroding public worker health benefits: Teachers and others must fight to protect what they have earned

By PETER LAMPHERE  and DERMOTT MYRIE Most New Yorkers — even public employees — do not follow the ins and outs of health care negotiations between the city and its many public sector unions. So even the most attentive among us can be forgiven for missing the announcement of over a billion dollars of health care give-backs byContinue reading “Eroding public worker health benefits: Teachers and others must fight to protect what they have earned”